Lebanese Siyadiya Recipe


1 fish (1 kg) / 32 oz, cleaned and fried or grilled, flaked (reserve head)
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
7 medium onions, roughly chopped
2 tsp salt
2 cups long grain rice, washed and drained
5 cups boiled water
1 tbs lemon juice
a dash of white pepper and cumin
1/2 cup fried pine nuts


Heat oil in a deep pot. Fry fish’s head until golden. Remove from oil. Fry onion until golden in 1/2 cup of the oil in which the fish’s head has been fried in.Add fish’s head, salt, cumin, and pepper to onion. Cover with water. Cook on high heat until it boils. Lower heat to moderate and cook for 30 minutes.Remove the fish’s head. Strain stock. Add rice and lemon juice to stock. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook for 20 minutes.Serve rice in a platter. Garnish platter with flaked fish and pine nuts.

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